By Simon Denyer
It was supposed to be an art exhibition exploring China’s censorship of the Internet. It became an example of how that censorship can reach all the way around the world, even onto Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Firewall, a Pop-up Internet Cafe, was designed like any other Internet cafe, except with one crucial difference. Visitors were invited to perform simultaneous searches on the cafe’s computers – one, using Google, gave results Americans would be accustomed to; the other, using Chinese search engine Baidu via a Chinese server, would replicate the censored results behind the Great Firewall.